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News from Mount Zion
Sept 4, 2020


Lights, Camera, Action....Mount Zion Goes Live September 20

A lot of activity has been going on in the sanctuary lately. The piano and organ have been moved to the front, several webcams have been installed, microphones set up and new wiring has been positioned in order that our in-person worship will also be available to those of you who are not yet comfortable being in a crowd. Having the service available on-line is doubly important as we are currently allowed 30% of our capacity which is somewhere between 40 and 50 people depending on family groupings.

Along with the moving of furniture etc, worship and music has been working with Philip and Amy to assure that the service, while being different, will be meaningful and joyful as you have come to expect.

Logging into the service will be easy.  Our plan is that you will be able to sign into Zoom as usual and when it is time for the service to begin, there will be a link to click on to take you directly to the service. Otherwise you can just click on the YouTube logo on either the website or the newsletter and it will get you there. We know how important the weekly Zoom gatherings before and after worship are to some of you and for that reason, we are planning to continue with them prior to the service. If you are worshiping from home, be sure to log onto zoom about 9:45 am and say hello to your friends before the service.

Click here for a short tutorial that Amy prepared for us on how to log on. https://youtu.be/rHh6gi_q6fs

There are several folks working out the details to make sure that your worship experience either in person or on-line will be a pleasing one. Most but not all, of those details have now been sorted out. Council decided that we would prepare a letter, with everything you need to know in one place. You will receive it the week prior to our first service.

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Jubilee for the Earth

September 1 to October 4, Lutheran churches around the globe join other sister churches of the ecumenical family in observing the Season of Creation.  All of us are concerned of how Covid19 has impacted our lives over the past 6 months and how things will never be the same as we look into the future and we ‘grieve’ about it.  But what most of us may not give much thought to at this time is the larger existential threat to humanity being posed by climate change.  This again is also a direct consequence of human relationship with the created order.

The Ecumenical Steering Committee that LWF is part of and provides resources for observing the Season of Creation has ‘Jubilee for the Earth’ as the theme for 2020.

We are invited to participate in making this jubilee a reality through prayer, practice, advocacy and action.   (https://www.lutheranworld.org/sites/default/files/2020/documents/soc_2020_final_jubilee_for_the_earth.pdf) 


Embracing sustainable practices and values

Mary (Joy) Philip was featured in news from the Lutheran World Federation in whch she discusses learning to live sustainably and the common commitment to care for the earth from our respective tradiitons and how Covid-19 has given us the opportunity for a fresh start. Read 

Mary Philip is Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College, Canada. One of her areas of expertise is Environmental Theology and Ecojustice. Photo: Mary Philip


In our Prayers

In Our Prayers

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad, Zach, and Lily in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Let us also remember Joyce and Bill Brown and family as they mourn the death of Joyce’s brother Jim.  

Let us continue to remember our reopening committees as they look into the various aspects of safe in-person worship when we are back in the sanctuary on September 20, for wisdom and discernment.

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The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for September 6

FIRST READING: Exodus 12:1-14

PSALM: Psalm 149

SECOND READING: Romans 13:8-14

GOSPEL: Matthew 18:15-20

Links and Lessons

Change to Vespers format

With the few responses I received about the format of the vespers, the consensus was that we change the format so that the study would be at the end of the prayer.  In its place we will have a scripture reading during the prayer.  Those of us who would like to attend the prayer but not stay on for the study please feel free to do so. Pastor Philip

Zoom Links  

SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)


Meeting ID: 741 745 428  Password: 128324

VESPERS 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings(Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)


Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the  top of the page. 

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House of Friendship Opens New Addiction Treatment Centre 

The House of Friendship announced that their new Addiction Treatment Centre at 562 Concession Rd is offically open and ready to serve Waterloo Region. The new Addiction Treatment Centre offers greater dignity, expanded programming and access for men, women and their families in Waterloo Region.

The project saw some unexpected twists and turns, from a project expansion in 2018, a sudden fire in 2019, and the slow down of COVID in 2020.

see www.houseoffriendship.org/closetohome. for lots of photos and more details.


That Discomfort You’re Feeling Might be Grief

Pastor Philip found this article on what you might be feeling as the pandemic stretches into our future. Yes, It might be grief...read the article here


Craft Sale 

Craft Sale in support of Marillac Place

A Covid Fundraising Craft Sale is being held in support of Marillac Place and the Waterloo Region Family Network. As many as five crafters will be selling what they’ve made during COVID time. 80% of sales will be directed to these two small not for profit organizations.

Items include live edge occasional tables, charcuterie boards, doll beds, fused glass jewelry and art, custom pillows, beeswax food wraps, coasters and more. Items range from $5 - $700.

WHEN: September 19th, 10am-4pm.   September 20th 12noon–4pm

WHERE: An outdoor sale at 93 John Street West, Waterloo

NOTE: Public Health precautions for Covid-19 will be observed (masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing)

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Upcoming events

Oct 22  1 - 3 pm  Fall Book Discussion

Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party

Feb 28 2021  Black History Month  Celebrations

ways to


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